/ Looking for a durable winter shell jacket
I am looking for a shell that is durable and can take the beating it gets when climbing Scottish winter routes. My current jacket, although lightweight, leaks rather well at the cuffs, elbows and lower arms so I would like to avoid this as long as possible this time round.
I have a Patagonia rainshadow which I used for everything including rock climbing so shouldn't be too surprised that it's nackered.
If anyone has a fabulous waterproof shell that they want to tell me about, please do. I want to know that spending 200+ quid will be worth the '3 layer durable fabrics'.
Thanks in advance!
I reviewed the Marmot Alpinist for UKC a few years back; http://www.ukclimbing.com/gear/review.php?id=3282 and have used the jacket plenty more over subsequent winters. I've been impressed with and it's wearing well. They've made a few changes over the last few seasons, but it's still in their line up. Of course expensive, but very good quality.
Have you thought about Paramo? It won't win fashion prizes but it works, and it goes on doing so for years and years.
I find paramo rather bulky and not very comfortable to climb with. Thanks for the suggestions so far. :)
Given that ME have just put out their new generation Pro shells, you might want to look at some of the last generation Pro shells, (Kongur etc...), which are now cheaper than the new generation ME Gore-Tex which use the old Pro shell material, (Morpheus etc...). Of course, which model you should choose will depend upon your desired function.
You have a good chance of a happy outcome
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